activities, Decision making, Toddlers

Decision making

Preparation : None  
Engagement Time : 20 mins to few hours

It’s no news that our toddlers(Todds) want to be a part of all the decisions that we make in our families. The sense of pride/happiness which they feel when they know that they are playing a key role in many important decision making activities helps them to build a strong connect with the family.

In this simple blab-tivity instead of asking our Todds how things work directly, it is slightly tweaked by bringing along a bigger context to the question and thus is a stepping stone for their journey into decision making.

Try at first as a pre-shopping activity and later on map this to different environments. While making a list of items to buy, we ask our Todd:

“Now tell me, how should we buy an apple for you to eat?” and he responded back with”It must be red, big and shiny”.

Other sample questions:

  • We are thinking of buying a new book/clothes/toys for you, how should it be?
  • I am planning to make cake for snacks, how do you want it?
  • How many vegetables should we buy for this week?
  • What gift do you want to buy for your friend?

Tip: Take this activity to the next level by asking them to make decisions on things that we need? This helps them to think from our/other’s perspective.

We extended the above apple question like this:

“Now, how will you buy it for our family to eat?” and he instantaneously responded, “Nobody else eats apples at home, it is just me”. This also means that our Todd has been observing events at home and it is an influencing factor for his decision making.

Other sample questions:

  • What gift should i buy for my friends wedding?
  • How many suitcases to pack for our vacation?

Thus it helps us also understand more about what our Todd expects from different things at different situations. Additionally it extends their knowledge on multiple topics.

Do let know if this blab-tivity was well enjoyed by you and your Todds.

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activities, blab, brain, Counting, exercise, memory, Toddlers

Memor(eas)y

Preparation:  Nothing
Engagement Time: 20 mins to few hours

All of us teach, play and have fun with our toddlers (Todds) and each of this creates experiences and memories in them. Do our Todds remember everything? This blab-tivity is a simple game with twists and turns that helps to improve and enhance our Todds memory span.

My Todd loves to learn about numbers hence I have used it for the blab-tivity. You can change it based on your Todds interest.

Write random numbers on a sheet of paper. Let your Todd have a look at the numbers.

Tip: Help your Todd remember the sequence by weaving a story around it. For the below sequence, you could use this one: Seven Ate(eight) Nine

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After about a minute turn the paper away and strike a casual conversation with your Todd and speak about totally unrelated things like:

  • What did you eat for Breakfast today?
  • Is there water in the bottle?
  • Did you cut your nails?
  • We need to go for a long walk today

After this ask your Todd to tell the numbers that were shown to him.

Note: The stories that you created around these numbers will help them re-collect the numbers easily.

Isn’t this a fun way to help them increase their memory span easily?

Do share your Todd’s experiences with this blab-tivity.

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3D mapping, 3D positioning, activities, blab, concepts, left, right, Toddlers

Toy Mapping

Preparation: Story books with character representation
Engagement Time: 20 mins to few hours

Toddlers (Todds) get confused with the concept of left and right, ahead and beside. Sometimes differentiating between big and tall, fat and wide also get complex for their curious minds. This fun blab-tivity will help Todds understand these concepts and in-turn 3D (three-dimensional) mapping and positioning.

Choose the picture story book which your Todd loves the most. Next arrange for small objects which will represent different characters appearing in the story. These objects can be exact ones or substitute ones. The focus of the activity being on 3D mapping, try your best to not use paper drawings/print outs or other 2D (two-dimensional) representations.

Now begin reading the book and at every page allow your Todd to arrange the characters in the same way as it is pictured in the book. During this time, ask them questions which will help understand the concepts as described in the beginning of the blab.

Some sample questions which i have asked my Todd:

  • Which is the tallest character?
  • Who is to who’s left/right side?
  • Which of the character is occupying more space?
  • Which is the tiny character?
  • Which character has nobody beside them?

This activity was thoroughly enjoyed by my Todd while reading his all-time favourite book “Disney Planes: Classic Story Book”. You can notice below the arrangement of characters as well.

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Mapping the characters outside the page
Mapping the characters
Mapping the characters on the page directly

Our Todd loves it so much that the normal reading sessions have now evolved to role plays, with the characters enacting. However, I now have the additional work of keeping together the books with their characters emoticon3dtoyps

Also don’t forget to provoke your Todd with the other concepts like: who is to the left/right/beside/ahead/ of whom?

Try this out with your Todd too and share/comment on how engaging it was for you! Don’t forget to also let us know how much of fun got added into your regular reading sessions.

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activities, blab, funny, jokes, riddles, Toddlers

Jokes and Riddles

Preparation : None  
Engagement Time : 20 mins to few hours

My toddler (Todd) enjoys jokes and riddles, in fact at a very early age (two years) he could understand them and today he even makes up his own (of-course, some credit to his genes). Laughs and giggles are always infectious and if it is from our Todd’s, then they are much more special.

It is an evident fact that jokes (silly and witty) help keeps kids quite refreshed and relaxed. It’s an option when they are bored of regular stories. Some jokes when twisted into a riddle or a tale adds more charm to it. These activities go a big way to help them think differently.

Below are some which our Todd enjoys.

  • How does a baby corn call his father?
    • “Pop”-corn
  • You can eat all jams except one?
    • Traffic-jam
  • Why does the ‘B'(pronounce as letter bee) always feel cold?
    • Because it is always between ‘AC'(letters A and C, in the alphabet series)
  • What do you call it, when an ant who carries sugar, meets an ant who carries corn?
    • Sweet Corn
  • Two friends were famous in town.  One’ s name was “S. Sangeetha “, what is the other’s name?
    • No Sangeetha (S = Yes, no ~~ not)
  • A boy was eating a tub of cream, when he spilled some over his eyes, he immediately screamed “Ice-cream”
    • (Ice = Eyes)
  • A teacher asked in the class, how many heads do i have? A boy answered 5. How?
    • One head and Forehead (fore = four)
  • Which drinks do snakes like?
    • Juiceessssss(Pronounce with the ‘ssss’ sound longer)
  • What do cows like to watch on TV?
    • Moooovies(Pronounce with the ‘mooo’ longer)
  • What do you call a room filled with bikes?
    • Vroooommmmmmm(Pronounce with the ‘vrooo’ as fast as the bike)
  • Why did the boat sail to the shore?
    • Because the beach waved a goodbye (waving by hands = water waves)
  • What happened to the witch who tripped over the beach?
    • She became a sandwich (witch = which)
  • What is the milk of a dancing cow called?
    • Milk shake
  • Why did the boy throw some butter on the garden?
    • He wanted to see the butter-fly

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